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Between Therapist and Client: The New Relationship [Hardcover]

Michael Kahn
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Mar 1991
This book examines one of the aspects of psychotherapy: the therapist - client relationship. Kahn shows how classical transference analysis can be combined with contemporary humanistic emphasis on warmth and empathy.

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  • Hardcover: 175 pages
  • Publisher: W.H.Freeman & Co Ltd (Mar 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0716721783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0716721789
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,809,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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101 of 105 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I'd found this book ages ago! 23 Nov 2001
By Self-help junkie VINE VOICE
Funny how certain books seem to have been written just for ME! THis is one of them. Trained as a psychodynamic counsellor, I have been struggling for a long time with issues of 'how to be' in the room with clients. The psychoanalytic 'blank screen' just isn't me - yet I feel that I'm betraying my training if I am warm and present.Kahn brilliantly identifies and expands this dilemma and by introducing the work of Kohut provides an elegant and freeing way forward. I cannot recommend this book too highly and will be giving it to lots of friends!
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62 of 66 people found the following review helpful
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As a graduate student newly entering the world of psychotherapy from a professional standpoint, I found Michael Kahn's book a real reading treasure. His explanations of issues such as transference (and countertransference), and the way in which these phenomena have been viewed over time, was interesting to read and valuable learning for any therapist-to-be. He does a beautiful job of taking theoretical information and explaining it in such a way that it can be understood and utilized immediately with clients. Also, Michael brings a personal touch to his book which I found increases it's worth even further. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in learning about psychotherapy, particularly self-psychology; and I sincerely hope he decides to write more in the future!
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88 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent and informative read. 1 Mar 2002
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I have always tried to work in an eclectic way but have sometimes been unsure if this is the right thing to do as counselling is sometimes boxed. After reading this book it confirmed to me that what we need to do is work in a way that is beneficial to both counsellor and client, enabling a good counselling relationship to establish. It shows ways of working specifically in certain areas or of breaking down the boxes, letting true counselling occur. I found it easy to read and would recommend this book to anyone.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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A good exploration of the dynamics of the therapeutic relationship, explained simply but introducing profound issues about getting the right balance between counsellors/psychotherapists and clients i.e. what are appropriate boundaries and what purposes do they serve. Khan moves from the medical/mechanistic style to one focused on the relationship between therapist and client as a main agent of change. Worth reading by novice and expert alike.
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96 of 105 people found the following review helpful
I am reading and greatly enjoying this book - "Between Therapist & Client" by Michael Kahn, Revised Edition, 5th 2001. A must read for everyone, therapist and trainees alike. Its contemporary style is worth a read even from the most experienced of therapists & trainers so they are aware of changes. It's about the realness of this relationship, crisp, honestly (congruently) and in the simplest frame of reference for easy understanding. It's like baring the new age therapy relation between the client & therapist, the interpersonal skills involved in genuine terms.
06/08/01. It's simplicity has enabled me identify and gather much insight, demonstrating excellent use of language in the therapeutic process for effectiveness. Its illustration of interpersonal skills is something I would love to incorporate into my client contact work. This is just the next best book after C. Rogers "On Becoming a Person", so easily readable. I have even picked up from its use of language and appropriate reflection, how to give a good evaluation of my practice; what to look at; what to include and how to pay attention to feelings - of both self as therapist & clients - being aware of these, so an understanding could be as accurate as possible to enhance this therapeutic relationship. Pardon me, but I am just in love with this book. Its illustration of counter-transference & empathy is an experience, is an eye opener; the reality of its existence in all relationship, only difference being how soon it is detected to be advantageous to the therapy, by being gently vigilant - p.139 - 144. Its illustration of attentive listening & the advantages of it in the process are phenomenal.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The power of relationships 12 Jun 2010
This really is essential reading for counsellors and therapists. It puts the therapeutic relationship under the microscope and beautifully merges humanistic with psychodynamic thinking. Kahn has a lovely 'voice' and he sets out at a gentle pace, without the need for jargon and Cleverer Than Thou word-ology!

The book traces the importance of building the client relationship in the work of Freud, Rogers, Gill and Kohut. Kahn shows how he integrates each of their contributions in his own client work. I don't think I could ever read any Gill or Kohut, but now I feel they may be more approachable. Person centred counsellors will benefit from gaining a psychodynamic perspective on what is going on in the relationship (transference), and how they are being affected by the client (countertransference). This is where the work gets done, "because the relationship is the therapy".

What I especially liked was the way Kahn revealed some of his own mistakes in working with clients, and how he dealt with them.
This is a book to absorb and practice. Invest in yourself and read it again and again...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very clear and easy to read introduction to psychoanalysis and how...
A very clear and easy to read introduction to psychoanalysis and how it has evolved over time to embrace the human need to relate to another human in relationship, and how this... Read more
Published 1 month ago by mel13
5.0 out of 5 stars :)
Loved this book couldn't put it down. Defiantly a must have to add to your personal library of the many counselling and psychology books :)
Published 2 months ago by Stam
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Michael Khan has a way of writing that is both interesting and informative. A must have for trainees whether it is on your reading list or not. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Caramel
5.0 out of 5 stars Between Therapist & Client
I found this book to be very reassuring. It helped me to re-confirm my own way of working with clients.I feel it is a book I will continue to dip into from time to time.
Published 9 months ago by Hadley
4.0 out of 5 stars book
a must for trainees really good book for coursework full of helpful information and a good read very helpful and informative
Published 10 months ago by graham ulyatt
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
as a trainee, this was my favourite book of all required reading. brilliant. It is one that I will read again and again
Published 13 months ago by pc
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative & interesting
This is more than a tour round the history of approaches. A guide to practise and honest self awareness too.
Published 14 months ago by andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for therapists and clients
A very good read bringing together of behavioral, person centred and psychodynamic modalities clearly expressed. I strongly recommend you read it.
Published 15 months ago by Michael Nielsen
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
As a therapist I feel there is a special type of relationship with a client, very intimate on the hand and on the other hand very detached. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Constance
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a great introduction to therapy
I bought that book on recommendation from my tutor and I read it in one go. It is so easy to read and understand and a great introduction to what can happen between therapist and... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Louve11
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